Harvest Operations Corp.
  1. January 16, 2013

    Harvest Operations Corp.
    Attn: Todd Frankel, Aboriginal and Community Affairs Representative
    2100, 330 – 5th Ave SW
    Calgary, Alberta
    Canada T2P 0L4
    Todd.Frankel@harvestenergy.ca


    Mr. Frankel:

    Re: Resource Extraction Operations on Traditional Lubicon Lands

    As you may be aware from your operations in the past, the Lubicon Lake Nation maintains lawful jurisdiction and ownership over certain traditional Lubicon lands near Peace River, Alberta and the resources contained within those lands. This ownership remains vested with the Lubicon Lake Nation as a result of Canada’s ongoing failure to enter into treaty with the Lubicon in order to take possession of those lands. In the past, it has been customary for those companies conducting various resource extraction and related activities on these traditional Lubicon lands to consult with the Lubicon Chief and Council on various matters with respect to such construction including strategies for reducing the environmental impact of such operations. In recognition of the high rates of poverty and unemployment within the Lubicon community, it has also been the ongoing practice for companies coming forward to grant Lubicon based individuals and companies the right to work to be completed on the developments and also to offer employment on these projects first to members of the Lubicon Lake Nation in priority to members of other First Nations and non-members. This relationship has allowed harmonious activity on Lubicon traditional lands and has allowed the interested parties to achieve their goals with sensitivity to Lubicon law, Lubicon customs and the environment.

    Having been educated by the various actions taken by the Lubicon and others throughout the Idle No More movement, I am writing this letter as a concerned citizen to encourage your company to commit to working within the legal and customary frameworks set forth by the Lubicon Lake Nation government over their lands in the interests of fairness and increased wellbeing of the Lubicon people.

    I look forward to news that your company as good corporate citizens have agreed to work with the Lubicon Lake Nation in the best interests of the Lubicon people.

    Sincerely,





     

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We are the Lubicon Lake Nation: a sovereign and self-determining peoples. The Lubicon Lake Nation is a distinct Indigenous Nation with a well-defined traditional Territory in what is now known as north-central Alberta, Canada (see Map). We are Cree peoples, Neheyiwak, and were and have been hunting, fishing and trapping on our Traditional Territory long before the creation of Canada. We continue to occupy and protect our Traditional Territory today. We have never surrendered or ceded our land to a foreign government. Our Nation maintains jurisdiction over, authority for, and autonomy of our Traditional Territory, Nation and peoples.